Wednesday, March 25, 2009

IRS tightens reporting requirements on offshore accounts

In another effort to hinder efforts to evade taxes on offshore accounts, the Internal Revenue Service is tightening certain reporting requirements.

The changes include requiring taxpayers to specify on the Foreign Bank Account Report the exact amount in offshore accounts. The Wall Street Journal reports that the IRS also is considering whether to implement changes to its "qualified intermediary" program with foreign banks that would better enable the IRS to ferret out accounts held by U.S. tax evaders.